Deion Kathawa, Butzel Long Photo

Deion A. Kathawa focuses his practice primarily in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Kathawa has years of experience as an appellate practitioner at Michigan’s highest court.


Deion A. Kathawa is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, Administrative & Regulatory Law, Appellate Practice, Religious Liberty, and Young Lawyers Sections. He is also the Secretary of the Chaldean American Bar Association (CABA). Mr. Kathawa clerked for Judge William C. Griesbach of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Green Bay Division, and before that for Justice Brian K. Zahra of the Michigan Supreme Court.

He received his law degree, cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2020. In 2018, while he was a law student, his essay submission for a national writing competition, which argued that the United States Supreme Court’s commitment to originalism has the potential to restore our constitutional order, won first place. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor in 2017, where he majored in both philosophy and political science. He also served as the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Review.

Mr. Kathawa is an Associate practicing in Butzel’s Troy office. He has served as a speaker and panelist on a variety of topics including technology, religion, and free speech. He resides in Oakland County and enjoys playing ice hockey with his three younger brothers and discovering new coffee shops and sushi restaurants with family and friends.



Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, B.A., cum laude



  • Federal Bar Association
  • Secretary, Chaldean American Bar Association (CABA)
  • State Bar of Michigan – Administrative & Regulatory Law, Appellate Practice, Religious Liberty, and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Carolina Fellow, Common Sense Society, 2022
  • John Marshall Fellow, Claremont Institute, 2021
  • Summer Fellow, Hertog Foundation, 2017 

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

“Ambition Can Still Be Made to Counteract Ambition—Just Not in the Way Madison Envisioned,” winner, 2018 Federalist Society Article I Initiative Writing Contest

Alerts & Publications


  • Fall 2015
    Nozick, Kant, and Redistribution: They Can All Get Along, 9 Brit. J. Undergraduate Phil. 94 (Fall 2015)
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